Dan McLean & Friends
Dan McLean is one of Canberra’s most highly acclaimed trumpet players and big band leaders, and we are thrilled to have Dan and his band open Happy Feet.
After completing the Bachelor of Music Honours degree majoring in Jazz at ANU under the guidance of Miroslav Bukovsky, Dan has well and truly established himself as a versatile trumpet player. Dan records, arranges and performs with numerous bands in Canberra, and is a regular performer at many of Australia’s Jazz Festivals. He is the proud band leader of ‘The Dan McLean Big Band’—Canberra’s premier professional big band. Dan’s experience has included performing as lead trumpet for Royal Caribbean cruises; as a member of the Canberra Philharmonic and Pops Orchestra’s, and soloist encompassing Trad, Contemporary Jazz and commercial music. Dan has performed with artists such as James Morrison, Grace Knight, Hetty Kate, Gordon Webster, The Platters, Bobby Arvon …and many more.
Dan, joined by James Luke, Damian Slingsby, and Steve Richards are well known for anchoring Canberra's most loved live music social over the last five years, and of course, headlining Slowdown. Join them on the opening night of Happy Feet!